Friday, April 27, 2012

Faith Friday: 3

Happy Friday ladies!  I hope everyone is having a good week.  On this Faith Friday I wanted to share with you one of our family's favorite parts of the day...our night time routine.  After dinner and cleaning up, we usually play around outside for a few more minutes or stay inside and watch Veggie Tales videos on YouTube.  Then, we try to wind down by singing a hymn or two. 
Some of our favorites include:

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Fairest Lord Jesus
Be Still, My Soul
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Be Thou My Vision

I hope you all have a happy and blessed weekend!  : )

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Day is Done

Today seemed really challenging with lots of kids at the nursery this morning and Lance only taking a one hour nap.  On days like this I am glad to see the evening approaching.  It reminds me of one of my favorite poems which is "The Day is Done," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  It is a poem that I came across a few months ago and it has brought comfort to me.  I'll be happy to share it with you too...

The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight,

 I see the lights of the village 
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes over me
That my soul cannot resist;


A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.


Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.


Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.


For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;
And tonight I long for rest.


Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;


Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.


Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.


Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.


And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Suggestions on Motherhood

Hey there ladies!  This is something I wrote for a good friend of mine who will be having a baby in June, but I also wanted to share it with my blogging friends too!  I know some of you are new moms or mothers-to-be, so I hope you enjoy it...


Suggestions on Motherhood

  • Don’t fold Baby clothes.  This is a waste of time.  When my baby was just a few weeks old, I found myself sitting on the couch folding clothes one day.  I realized that I hadn’t bathed in three days, was very hungry, and generally looked like I had been run over by a large truck.  Why am I sitting here neatly folding up baby clothes?  Since then I just throw everything in one big drawer with the socks paired and put off to the side.  Much easier!
  • Clip their nails while they are asleep.  When they get closer to Todlerhood, then you can just clip them while they are on the diaper table as long as the Todler is cooperative.
  • Velcro the Changing Pad onto the Diaper Table.  Even though you have them strapped onto the Changing Pad, you still need the Changing Pad to stay in place.  
  • Use Mylicon or any other Gas Relief drops.  Make sure you have this on hand.
  • Make a list of ways to calm your baby.  When the baby is upset, it is hard to think clearly.  The list could be things like:
    • Hunger
    • Diaper Change
    • Gas
    • Too much Stimulation
    • Needs change of scenery
    • Wants to be held
    • Wants to be put down
    • Needs an amusing distraction
Lastly, remember that no matter what advice people give you during the day, you will be the only one up with your baby in the middle of the night so make sure you do what feels right for you.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend Rewind

Matt and Lance and I went to his parents house this past weekend.  Lance really enjoyed "playing" the piano. 
 We went to Houston's Restaurant off Lenox Road in Atlanta.  I took a few pictures on the way there....the land of gated communities...
Come to Mama!!!!
Aaaahhhh....maybe one day....
We waited for our table outside and their sound system was playing the Jazzed up version of "Fly Me to the Moon."  
  I ordered the Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken.  It was delicious...and healthy!
On Sunday we skipped church and just rested.  It was so nice!
I hope you ladies have a great week!  : )

Friday, April 13, 2012

Faith Friday 2

In today's Faith Friday we are shinning the spot-light on Ravi Zacharias, a Christian writer and apologist who is from Madras, India.  As a teenager he tried to take his own life and instead he thankfully landed himself in a hospital where the scriptures were read to him.  He was saved and went on to become the author of many books including one of my favorites, "Cries of the Heart."
 When I was a teenager I used to listen to Ravi on one of the local Christian radio stations.  I got a lot out of what he had to say because his sermons are pretty deep and there is always a lot to glean from them.  He always has such interesting stories to tell especially since he has traveled the world as an international preacher.  He has written numerous books which I have not even read, but this one I did read and really enjoyed.  
He also has a website:
http://www.rzim.org/ 
Check it out!  I hope you ladies enjoy your weekend! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review: Unconditional Parenting

Unconditional Parenting
Alfie Kohn
Published 2005
221 Pages
Description: This book gives alternatives to the constant nagging micromanaging that a lot of parents tend to gravitate towards. Whether it is constant positive or negative feedback that parents give kids, this book helps overcome those and instead offers clarity, love, respect, and one-on-one time. At first this seems time-consuming and requires more patience than most of us have, but as the book progresses Kohn seems to map out a parenting method that makes sense and is best for the child. 

My Comments: Toward the beginning of the book, Kohn described a young child acting up right before bedtime. After the dust settled, the parents had the choice of their regular routine of story-time and then snuggling, or just closing the door. They choose the former, “Whatever lesson we hoped to impart was far more likely to be learned if she knew that our love for her was undimmed by how she acted.” This is hard to pull off, but with a few extra words of clarity and an extra dose of patience, it can be done!
I myself had many times that I have lost my patience with Lance, but reading this book really has helped me to think things through more and to take his feelings into consideration. There have been other times when I have just been too lazy to do anything. Just the other day we were laying on the couch together watching cartoons and Lance was using his mouth to blow funny noises on my stomach. Too funny! I was thinking....I really hope that I am not raising the future president of the United States! 

Back to the book, shall we?
The unconditional approach includes viewing the child as a whole including their thoughts and feelings, and not just their behavior. Another quote that I really liked was, “On balance, the kids who do what they’re told are likely to be those whose parents don’t rely on power and instead have developed a warm and secure relationship with them. They have parents who treat them with respect, minimize the use of control, and make a point of offering reasons and explanations for what they ask.”
Initially reading this book, I knew that I was going to take what I wanted and leave the rest. Overall, I got a sense of the importance of spending time with my child and to think about things from his perspective also.
The principles of Unconditional Parenting are:
1. Be reflective
2. Reconsider your requests
3. Keep your eye on the long term goals
4. Put the relationship first
5. Change how you see, not just how you act
6. RESPECT
7. Be authentic
8. Talk less, ask more
9. Keep their ages in mind
10. Attribute to children the best possible motive consistent with the facts
11. Don’t stick your no’s in unnecessarily
12. Don’t be rigid
13. Don’t be in a hurry
Heck, I think some of these could help me with my relationships with adults too!
Anyway, I liked the book overall. It was refreshing and inspiring.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  Lance got plenty of goodies...

 We took a few photos before heading off to church...


 Our church was really crowded which is a good thing!  After the service they had a little Easter Egg Hunt, but Lance just wanted to play on the stairs.

 Hope you all have a great day!  I have a book review that I am working on that I am really excited about!  I'll try to post it later in the week. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Faith Friday: 1

Welcome to the first installment of Faith Friday where I'll be sharing some moments of my Faith journey with you.  Sometimes it will be a special book I've read, a favorite verse or song, or just special things that have happened that have had a positive impact  on my faith.  
 I am attaching a link to this song:

It is one of my favorites!  Happy Easter ladies!  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Erma to the Rescue!

This is a true story...unfortunately.  I’ve been trying to win the War on Leaves in my yard lately.  Tonight I had the bright idea to rake one more garbage can full and then take them to the recycling center in the old Suburban.  I gave Lance the keys to play with (dugh!).  When it was time to load up the Suburban, I could not find the keys.  

Bringing Lance back in the house and asking him repeatedly, “Honey, where are the keys?” was fruitless.  Going back out to the yard, “Honey, where are the keys?”  - Lance looking innocent.  Time was not on my side because the recycling center closes at 7:00pm.  I finally remembered Lance “helping” to put leaves in the garbage can.  You guessed it...I dumped out the leaves in the yard again and there the keys were.  Matt was home by now, and I was running around and yelling....”I have to get to the recycling center before it closes!”

I got there just in time only to find out that the Yard Waste bin was full and they couldn’t take my leaves.
  

When I got home, I just skipped dinner and went straight for the bathtub while Matt and Lance ate dinner.  I sat in the tub and was reading my Erma Bombeck book when I came across this quote, “You know I think I’ve lost my identity,” and without looking up he (her husband) said, “It’s probably with your car keys...wherever they are.”

Thank you Erma for letting me know that I am not alone!  ; )

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Broccoli-Chicken-Alfredo-Pasta

This delicious meal is pretty simple to make and does not have very many ingredients.  Lets get started!  

You will need:

Head of Broccoli
Linguine
Jar of Alfredo Sauce (I used Ragu Classic Alfredo)
2 or 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Paprika 

Chop up the Broccoli and put in a pan with a little water.
 Grill or Fry the Chicken Breasts (I used a George Foreman Grill), and season with Lemon Pepper Seasoning.
Boil the Linguine.
When the Broccoli is done, drain the water and put back into the pan.  Add the Alfredo Sauce, Chopped Chicken pieces, and cooked (and drained) pasta.  Sprinkle with Paprika, and you have a wonderful and simple meal.  Enjoy!







Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hey there!

Hey there everyone!  Welcome to my new blog.  You wouldn't believe how time consuming it can be to start up a blog.  Anyway, I thought this would be a fun way to share my life with family and friends and anyone else who wants to view it.  I'll be posting everything from family pictures to book reviews and anything else that might be slightly amusing.  
It is hard to believe that my son Lance is now 18 months old.  Here are some pictures of him when he was a baby...



 Hope you all enjoy the pictures.  I look forward to my new blogging experience. 

our trip to Athens...Georgia part 2

As the previous post stated, we were having lots of fun exploring Athens, Georgia.  Although we had quite a ways to walk, we finally made ...